New Delhi: India’s first solar mission, Aditya L1, has been successfully underwent the fourth earth-bound manoeuvre, ISRO said in a note shared on social media. This is the orbital lift just prior to de-orbiting the asteroid from Earth.
“The fourth Earth-bound maneuvre (EBN#4) is performed successfully. ISRO’s ground stations at Mauritius, Bengaluru, SDSC-SHAR and Port Blair tracked the satellite during this operation, while a transportable terminal currently stationed in the Fiji islands for Aditya-L1 will support post-burn operations. The new orbit attained is 256 km x 121973 km”, ISRO said in a statement shared on X.
“ The next maneuvre Trans-Lagragean Point 1 Insertion (TL1I) — a send-off from the Earth — is scheduled for September 19, 2023, around 02:00 Hrs. IST”, it added.
The first, second and third earth-bound manoeuvre was successfully performed on September 3, 5 and 10 respectively.